Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Danica Shardae is an avian shapeshifter, and the golden hawk's form in which she takes to the sky is as natural to her as the human one that graces her on land. The only thing more familiar to her is war: It has raged between her people and the serpiente for so long, no one can remember how the fighting began. As heir to the avian throne, she'll do anything in her power to stop this war - even accept Zane Cobriana, the terrifying leader of her kind's greatest enemy, as her pair bond and make the two royal families one.
Trust. It is all Zane asks of Danica - and all they ask of their people - but it may be more than she can give. Description from Goodreads.
Danica is the soon to be leader of the shapeshifting bird kingdom. Her kingdom has been at war with the serpentine shapeshfters know as the serpiente. Their kingdoms have been at war for a looooong time. Danica is tired of loosing the ones she loves. At the beginning of the book she comes across the body of her younger brother, her last sibling. She is willing to listen and take under advisement a way to finish the war.
In an attempt at peace the leaders of the kingdoms meet on neutral ground, there the wise hosts suggest a drastic plan, have Danica marry the heir of the serpiente, Zane. Danica is forced to leave by her entourage, mainly her mother, the current Queen before the idea can be entertained further. But, Zane finds a way to contact her and together they decide to take the advice and marry for political reasons and not for love.
They have a long road to travel to gain the acceptance of both of their people. There is long standing hate and distrust. They both are desperate to have peace and will do their best to pretend to be a happy couple to give their respective people peace.
I enjoyed this book, my good friend, Colleen, recommended it to me. She told me that the first two books are good in the series and then they go downhill. I was not disappointed in this story. I liked two people trying to come to a neutral ground free of hate and overcome prejudice.
Clean book and appropriate for any YA audience.
I borrowed this book from my public library as part of Lazy Girls Mini Challenge. Details can be found by clicking on her challenge button in my right sidebar.
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